C15: from Late Latin vīlificāre, from Latin vīlis worthless + facere to make
vilify for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (vɪlɪfaɪ)
Word forms: vilifies, vilifying, vilified
If you are vilified by someone, they say or write very unpleasant things about you, so that people will have a low opinion of you. [formal] [beV-ed + for] ⇒ The agency has been vilified by some doctors for being unnecessarily slow to approve life-saving drugs. [beV-ed] ⇒ He was vilified, hounded, and forced into exile by the FBI. [Also V n, V n + as]
vilification (vɪlɪfɪkeɪʃən)uncountable noun ⇒ Clare did not deserve the vilification she had been subjected to.